Tuesday, 20 December 2011

A Man Cowl

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Knitting this EXTRA LONG cowl for my darling man, has been taking up most of my time. It is a very interesting and eye catching pattern, using simple purl and knit stitches placed in pattern sequence to create the stunning look. 

What has been very taxing on my brain is the 18 pattern rows repeated continuously and each row different. No wonder it took me a while to finish, this was not a pattern where I could remember the 18 row sequence at all.

Anyway my man loves his cowl, he can wrap it around his neck twice. I joined the finishing edge with the starting edge, just a simple cowl ONE BIG LOOP.

I made the cowl with a gorgeous yarn from ROWAN called Cocoon made from a blend of merino wool 80% and kid mohair 20%, this luscious yarn helps to bring out the cable-like design just perfectly, and it is ever so, so, soft.

As much as I love the look and feel of this cowl and I would simply love to make one for myself, I really don't think I could bring myself to make it again very soon, having to keep track of every row simply was too much for my brain, I didn't find it a relaxing experience. However that is me, the pattern instructions are very clear and easy to follow, so if you are looking for a knitting pattern for a scarf with a wonderfully fantastic textured cable-like design then this is the perfect pattern. 

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MY PATTERN DETAILS

YARN:  Rowan Cocoon 100g - 115m (126yd)
YARDAGE: 3 x 100g - 345m (377yd)
Yarn colour:  Tundra 808
Measurements:  approx. Width 8in (20cm) x Length 56in (142cm)
Needles:  6mm

I knitted the cowl with a thicker yarn and larger needles than suggested in the Knit Pattern, and ended up with a wider scarf, but it's not an issue for the end result.  

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This knit scarf pattern was designed by Deniss A. Saganai and it is called AMEETA SCARF.

AMEETA SCARF KNIT PATTERN is available as a FREE Download from RAVELRY the link is HERE.

Wishing you ALL a very Merry Christmas! remember to check out my online shops for loads more crochet and knit patterns 

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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!

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Monday, 28 November 2011

Winter warmers - MITTENS crochet

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Time to rug up

A decent drop in temperature overnight, 1 degree celsius at 7am this morning. How do I know?  I was out in it, ice covered windscreens to boot. Not complaining,  we have had a very mild autumn here in UK.


Perfect timing

So, the colder weather is perfectly timed with my latest pattern for full crochet mittens. I made these mittens for myself, just love these DEBBIE BLISS yarns

Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed Aran is a wool/angora blend. So if you love tweedy yarns but prefer something softer, this is the yarn for you. 


Debbie Bliss Fez is a camel hair/merino mix and is simply stunning and ever so soft.

Both yarns are delicious to work with, and both yarns soften and relax the more you work with them.

I am sure you will just love these yarns, the tweed is non-scratchy and there is also a great range of colours, do check it out.

PATTERN NOTE:

Unfortunately, I had to buy a second ball of the Donegal Tweed yarn to finish the last 4-5 rounds of the mitten and the thumb section.  DOH!

However, if you were to use more of the Fez for the rib band you should be able to make the mittens using only 1 ball of each yarn.

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Pattern Details:


Easy crochet mittens with simple rib cuff and rice stitch over the palm. Optional wristband.

Worked in rounds starting at the cuff. No seams to sew. 

Wear the mittens on either hand. 

Pattern is the same for both left and right mittens.

Size: Ladies M/L = medium to large
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran 2 balls; and Debbie Bliss Fez 1 ball
Hook: 5mm
Terminology: USA - AMERICAN crochet terms

This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.


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TWEED Mittens Crochet Pattern
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ENJOY
ciao, ciao!


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

STAR LIGHT STAR BRIGHT

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Where do you get your crochet inspiration?  

This year my Christmas Decos inspiration came from this famous Van Gogh painting known as "Starry Night"  and also from Don McLean's lyrics  "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)"

Stars, Sky, Moon, Christmas Night

See those lovely stars in the sky, swirling blobs of white and yellow? obviously Van Gogh's sky is beautifully exaggerated with the brilliance of the stars.  However, I do love this painting. Something very soothing and comforting about it!  

What do you think?  Does it inspire you to create?

Well it definitely inspired me and here are my Christmas Decos for this year, something you can also add to your last minute TO DO LIST!

I've created three little motifs to be hung on the tree or along a string garland, or anywhere that takes your fancy. You can make a lovely garland and hang in the window or above your fireplace, add some starry starbursts, swirls and starshine and liven up your festive scene. 

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CHRISTMAS DECOS include the following motifs:
  1. Starburst
  2. Swirls
  3. Starshine
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PATTERN DETAILS:

Skill Level:  Easy
Yarn:  Patons Cotton DK or 4ply; Metallic Gold and Cotton Thread OR any other similar yarn.
Hook:  2.5mm, 3mm or 3.5mm dependent on yarn
Stitches:  sc, dc, hdc, tr
Terminology:  USA - American crochet terms


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With this pattern you can play and have a bit of fun.  The pattern is simple and easy, you can make the motifs in ONE (1), TWO (2) OR THREE (3) COLOURS.  Instructions are given in the pattern, however you can change when you like.  Make them colourful  or simply pure white and/or gold.  

You can make a variety of colourful motifs, as well as many different sizes, just by changing hook size and using various yarn weights.

So do come along and have some fun before the madness of Christmas takes hold!
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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Perfect Crochet Hat CHRISTMAS SANTA ELF LONG TAIL

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HERE IT IS
 THE PERFECT CROCHET HAT PATTERN 
FOR THE LONG TAIL and SHORT TAIL ELF


LOLLIPOP is the name of this crochet hat pattern, so called, because I made the pink long tail first and I thought it looked just like a lollipop!

You can make this hat with organic cotton yarn or organic wool/cotton blends.


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For the long tail pink, blue, and santa hats I used Bendigo Cotton 8ply which you can also find available in smaller balls under the brand name of Heirloom Cotton 8ply.

The green elf hat I made using Rowan Belle Organic Wool Cotton DK for the main colour (body of hat) and James C. Brett Pure Merino DK for the contrast texture, pom pom and brim of hat.

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PATTERN DETAILS:

Basically this newborn hat is a  “photo prop”, the hat has a long tail and “baby safe” pom pom. Easy to adjust for smaller/larger head circumference.
  • MAKE a variety of hats with this pattern - long tail, short tail, santa, elf.
  • TWO different hat edge finishes.
  • An ADJUSTABLE DRAWSTRING makes for a perfect fit.
  • Skill Level: Easy - knowledge of surface crochet needed.
  • Stitches: double crochet and Front Post double crochet.
  • Yarn: Bendigo Cotton 8ply OR Heirloom Cotton 8ply; OR any other similar yarn.
  • Hook: 4mm
  • Measurements: Circumference 14in (35.5cm)
  • Size: Newborn to 3M+
  • Terminology: USA - American crochet terms; metric hook sizes.
  • This pattern is adaptable to other yarns.

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LOLLIPOP Hat Crochet Pattern
is available from my online stores

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

CROCHET HAT SANTA ELF CHRISTMAS

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SANTA, ELF, PIXIE and LONG TAIL or SHORT TAIL crochet baby hats

Simply Perfect crochet hats for your darling newborn, with unique baby safe pom pom and an adjustable drawstring for the perfect fit.

Make their first Christmas special - to be treasured for years to come! Crochet these delightful santa, elf, pixie hats and start snapping those photos!



You can make the Santa Elf Pixie Hat with organic cotton OR organic wool/cotton blend.


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Pattern is written for newborn to 6 months, however it is very easy to enlarge the size of the hat according to head circumference.  Use larger hook size and heavier weight yarn or cotton, ADD extra rounds increasing total number of stitches, and you will have the perfect fit SANTA ELF PIXIE HAT which will fit anyone from Newborn to ADULT Sizes.


PATTERN DETAILS:

Basically this newborn hat is a  “photo prop”, the hat has a long tail and “baby safe” pom pom. Easy to adjust for smaller/larger head circumference.
  • MAKE a variety of hats with this pattern - long tail, short tail, santa, elf.
  • TWO different hat edge finishes.
  • An ADJUSTABLE DRAWSTRING makes for a perfect fit.
Skill Level: Easy - knowledge of surface crochet needed.
Stitches: double crochet and Front Post double crochet.
Yarn: Bendigo Cotton 8ply OR Heirloom Cotton 8ply; OR any other similar yarn.
Hook: 4mm
Measurements: Circumference 14in (35.5cm)
Size: Newborn to 3M+
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms; metric hook sizes.

This pattern is adaptable to other yarns.
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LOLLIPOP Hat Crochet Pattern
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Monday, 31 October 2011

Saturday, 29 October 2011

BABY GIRL HATS


COLOURFUL BABY HATS

Here are my baby girl hat designs, bright and cheerful, although if your prefer subtle colours then go ahead and choose your favourites, these hat designs look fabulous made in any range of colours, and better still they look awesome in one (1) colour and even better when crocheted using just white!

1. FUCHSIA Baby Hat with Flower Crochet Pattern


A hat pattern with a lattice-like texture. Perfect for everyday wear or that special day out. 


Yarn: King Cole “Bamboo Cotton” 
Hook: 4mm 
Size: Baby - 3 months plus.
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms.
This pattern is adaptable to other yarns.

FUCHSIA Hat Pattern available from my online stores:
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2. GREEN SHRIMP Baby Hat with Flower Crochet Pattern


This is a simple and beautiful crochet hat pattern comprising of three simple stitch rows to achieve the decorative little pattern. 


Yarn: King Cole “Bamboo Cotton” 
Hook: 4.5mm
Size: Baby - 3 months plus.
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms.
This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.


GREEN SHRIMP Hat Pattern available from my online stores:
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3. TROPO Baby Hat Crochet Pattern


A colourful hat pattern inspired by the vibrant colours of tropical fruits - the perfect hat for your precious little one!

Yarn: King Cole "Bamboo Cotton" 
Hook: 4.5mm 
Size: Baby - 3 months plus.
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms.
This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.

TROPO Hat Pattern available from my online stores:
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4. VIOLET Baby Hat with Flower Crochet Pattern


The perfect spring cloche hat, an open design which creates the complex looking pattern.

Yarn: King Cole “Bamboo Cotton” 
Hook: 4.5mm 
Size: Baby/ Toddler/Child. 
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms.
This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.

VIOLET Hat Pattern available from my online stores:
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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!

Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
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